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We’re Thankful For… 15 Key Milestones at The Orchard

The Orchard is 15 years old! We’ve been on quite a ride since 1997, when things like Google, the iPod, YouTube, music hack days and Facebook didn’t exist. (Can’t wait to see what the next 15 years will bring.)

So, in honor of this birthday, the community of businesses and people that have contributed to our history and the changes we’ve experienced in the music industry, each month we’ll post 15 things that we’re thankful for. Let’s kick it off with some key events:

  1. Richard Gottehrer and Scott Cohen start The Orchard in the Lower East Side of New York City, when the LES was still punk rock (1997)
  2. We’re the first company to supply independent music to online retailer CDNOW (more like CDTHEN) (1998)
  3. Huge one stop Valley Media goes out of business, taking The Orchard’s clients’ CDs with it, and thrusting us into digital
  4. London Calling: We open our European headquarters in London (2003)
  5. iTunes asks, we deliver….. the largest catalog of independent music in the world (2003)
  6. We become the first independent distributor to hit one million paid downloads and streams; that’s a whole lotta customers served (2004)
  7. Since video killed the radio star, its about time we begin to digitally distribute video; we’re among YouTube’s first monetization partners and iTunes’ first independent film deals (2008)
  8. The heat is on – as in heat map! We enhance our client dashboard with the Release Builder content management system and basic marketing and analytics tools (2008)
  9. We add physical distribution to our platform of services, making it much easier for us to market across all retail channels (2008)
  10. Bigger better faster stronger… Deloitte ranks The Orchard as the 66th fastest growing technology company in North America, ahead of Sirius, Constant Contact and RIM (Research in Motion) (2009)
  11. Pitbull’s Orchard-distributed single “Krazy” is certified gold; damn, that’s Krazy (2009)
  12. Continuing the tradition of Orchard CEOs who have great hair, Brad Navin becomes CEO of The Orchard (2010)
  13. Jackpot! We celebrate profitability (2010)
  14. The Orchard Marketplace debuts with 20 sales and marketing tools from third-party partners, connecting our cool clients with cool companies through our API (2011)
  15. It’s all about scale… we’re digitally optimized with 91% of our catalogue processed via Release Builder (2011)

Richard On The Radio

August 3, 2011 Orchard News No Comments

Last week, our favorite Orchadite and Co-Founder of The Orchard, Richard Gottehrer, hosted a show on East Village Radio. As usual, Richard didn’t disappoint. The show featured tunes from Bo Diddley, The Strangloves, Dum Dum Girls, Dion, George Jones, Spank Rock, and a whole lot more. The show also featured a guest appearance from Ali Boyd who discussed her upcoming documentary The Man is Dead: The Peter Kelley Story about her uncle, Peter Kelley.

You can see photos of the show here, and stream the show in it’s entirety here. IT’S RICHARD ON THE RADIO!

The Orchard, SXSW, & Texas: The Perfect Trifecta

March 9, 2011 Orchard News 1 Comment

The Orchard will be hosting a Day Party and Official SXSW Showcase on Friday, March 18th. The Day Party is a private event at Bar 96 with performances by Pepper Rabbit, Chris Bathgate, Ivan & Alyosha, and Kina Grannis. The Official Showcase is from 8pm-2am at Cedar Street Courtyard and will be open to SXSW badges and wristbands. The showcase will include performances by Keepaway, Generationals, Dodos, Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band, The Black Angels, and The Soundtrack of Our Lives.

As if that wasn’t enough…our CEO, Brad Navin, will be moderating a panel on Friday, March 18th at 3:30pm. Additionally, our Co-founders, Scott Cohen & Richard Gottehrer will be speaking on SXSW panels on March 16th and the 17th.

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Richard Gottehrer Talks Shop On FOX Business

October 6, 2010 Industry Trends No Comments

Check out The Orchard’s co-founder, Richard Gottehrer, live in the FOX Business studio today. Richard discusses his career in music, and how everything eventually led up to The Orchard. He also gives a shout out to The Black Angels. We love this man!

The Old Grey Lady Features Richard Gottehrer, The Orchard, and…Sesame Street

September 14, 2010 Artist News No Comments

Last week, Ben Sisario of The New York Times visited The Orchard office to interview our Chief Creative Officer & Founder, Richard Gottehrer. Richard discussed with Ben the early days of rock ‘n’ roll, the early days of The Orchard, and his most recent endeavor, The Black Angels [Blue Horizon Records]. Ben also followed Richard to last week’s Black Angels show along with Richard’s friend and longtime business partner, Seymour Stein.

The result is a fantastic profile of Richard, The Orchard, and our most recent partnership with Sesame Workshop. You can read it online here. We are very proud!

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